Attention all you Ben 10 fans! Joel Silver of Silver Pictures is putting together a live-action Ben 10 movie along with Cartoon Network this year. They have hired Albert Torres to write a script for the film. Torres recently helped to rewrite the Warner Bros. motion picture, “Akira.” A distributor is still being sought, but most likely Warner Brothers will be chosen, given the relationship that Joel Silver has with them.
This is extremely exciting, as Joel Silver has almost single handedly reinvented the action film genre with the production of such movies as The Matrix and the Sherlock Holmes series. His current motion picture, “Project X,” as well as “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” have already grossed nearly $500 million worldwide (Sounds like he won’t have any problem pulling in the cash for this movie!).
Torres has been given the task of pulling out all the stops and turning Ben 10 into an impressive, big budget, action-oriented adventure. Although Torres’s work has been somewhat adult oriented in the past (Very Bad Things, Chuck Palahniuk’s Survivor), he may be ready for lighter hearted fare with his more recent contributions, including Akira. Akira is the adaptation of the 1988 anime film, in which the leader of a biker gang tries to rescue his friend who has been kidnapped and used as the subject of a supernatural experiment (sounds like it’s right up Ben 10’s alley, doesn’t it?).